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CHP cracks down on drivers who don’t stop for school buses

Posted at 11:21 AM, May 22, 2018

The Buellton office of the California Highway Patrol cited three drivers during a school bus pedestrian safety enforcement operation on May 17.

Officers focused on drivers who failed to stop for a school bus with its flashing red lights activated and stop arm extended.

CHP officers in San Luis Obispo County are conducting a similar operation this Tuesday, May 22.

The CHP reminds motorists:

  • When school bus red lights are flashing, there is no passing. Children are either entering or exiting the school bus when the red lights are flashing. You must stop from either direction until the children have safely crossed the street and the lights stop flashing.
  • Yellow flashing lights on a school bus warn you to slow down and prepare to stop.
  • Be alert and do not be distracted when children are standing at a school bus stop. Children are often unpredictable and may dart out in front of traffic, not recognizing traffic hazards or risks.
  • Slow down and use extra caution when pedestrians are present, especially in school zones and before and after school.

Drivers who fail to stop for a school bus when its red lights are flashing could be fined up to $1,000 and have their driving privilege suspended for one year.